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Famous For: Founder of Fender Musical Instruments Corporation
Higher Education: Fullerton Junior College
Clarence Leonidas Fender, a well-known American inventor, was born in California, United States. Fender established the "Fender Electric Instrument Manufacturing Company" in 1923. Fender was born in the US into a prosperous family of orange plantation owners. After watching his uncle assemble a radio from scratch at a young age, he became interested in musical equipment. He was also affected by the radio's loud sound, so he started doing radio repairs independently.
Leo Fender established his own radio repair business, "Fender Radio Service," in 1938 with the help of his wife, Esther.
He persuaded Clayton Orr Kauffman to join him in founding "K & F Manufacturing Corporation," which was established in 1945.
In the end, his first electric bass guitar debuted in 1951.
The Fender Stratocaster also hit the market in 1954.
He sold his business to CBS Corporation in 1965 once his health began to fail.
In 1975, Fender was elected president of "Music Man."
In 1979, he founded a new business with Dale Hyatt and George Fullerton.
A Technical Grammy Award was given to him in 2009 in recognition of his "contributions of high technical value to the recording sector."
Fender inspired the naming of Fender Avenue in Fullerton, California.
The death of Leo Fender occurred on March 21, 1991. He has been dealing with Parkinson's illness for a while. He was laid to rest in Fairhaven Memorial Park in Santa Ana, California, the US.